New Space, Same Iconic Union Square Restaurant
Less than a year after closing on 16th Street, Union Square Cafe opened in its new spacious home on 19th Street and Park Avenue South. Staying in Union Square was vital to the team, especially Chef Carmen Quagliata who said they couldn’t go more than a five-minute walk away from the Union Square Greenmarket, accordingly to The New York Times.
“Union Square Cafe has spent the last three decades sowing deep roots in its community,” said Sam Lipp, Director of Operations at Union Square Cafe and Daily Provisions and Union Square Partnership Board Member. “We could not be more thrilled to re-open on 19th St. and Park Ave. in the neighborhood in which we grew up.”
Already named by Tasting Table as the 2016 “Restaurant Comeback We’re Most Grateful For,” and given an honorable mention by Eater’s editor-in-chief as a top new restaurant of 2016 after its December opening, Union Square Cafe already has us wanting more. Wish granted: its sister bakery and coffee shop, Daily Provisions, is opening next door this winter. Until then, enjoy Daily Provisions’ head baker Justin Rosengarten’s fresh loaves to start your meal at USC.
In addition to two floors of dining tables and booths, dine at the bar (exactly the same length as the bar at the original location) or book your next special occasion in the Alcove semi-private dining space, Park & Irving traditional private dining room or upstairs cocktail Parlor.
Over the past year, Chef Carmen Quagliata took a yearlong sabbatical in Europe for inspiration for the new menu. Tasting Table says try the carrot pasta. The Cauliflower Sformato and Braised Lamb Shank are two new dishes buzzing on social media.